Posts tagged ‘national coalition for the homeless’

March 9, 2011

What is homelesness?

As this week begins and I only have one day to work I’d like to reflect on the issue that has become to being known as homelessness.

What is homelessness actually?

Is It a condition that one just so happens to have a case of? Is it the situation that brings a person to stating that they have no home at all? What ever it is it seems to bring the people of this nation to unmeasurable extremes, unsound causes, as well as putting a considerable amount of wear and tear on one body. Me, not having any time available to work at my current employment has helped me to bring this concern forth to your attention.

Does not having the potential to work and earn money make people homeless? Cause as I’ve been working at this current job (a temp position) that is a very large concern among the fellow workers that I come into contact with. Hours of work time is a very large concern that people that I have come into contact with express as a very large concern as the option of work and the given possibilities of work are expressed by employers and taken in by the employees. But, does this mean that they are on the verge of being homeless as we continue to come together as a team to take on the tasks related to work when we are called to work? To be honest I thought that days off were praised and seen as being almost heaven like when brought to the attention of those working.

Is homelessness a disease that one comes down with when their luck has run out? Is it really a situation that one faces when all else fails and the determination of survival is set into place? Is it really as bad as it seems to be where it seems that the situation known as homelessness is expressed by those in this position are viewed as being? Is it really a person with nothing else but the streets and the atmosphere that is given thereof?

How has this nation of America and the society that makes up this nation come to terms with this incident that has been named Homelessness and the actual living concerns thereof?

I guess the real question is this: how important is work to a person that may come to considering this potential of threats, cause I thought homelessness is the condition of not having a proper shelter to dwell in; however, it seems that due to certain situations this issue has also brought the concern of work to the table as well?

As broad as the spectrum is this is expressed as homelessness considerations are placed with a large amount of potential as to the actual reasoning as to the why’s and how’s of this very important issue as it is seen and viewed being homelessness.

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March 9, 2011

Florida showing rural homeless concerns as a state

For some time now I’ve been working in conclusion with the National Coalition for the Homeless in the regards to ending (for the most part) rural homelessness as to the fact that not much is currently known as to the how’s and why’s that may be asked when considering this condition of impoverished living standards know to take place in this nation of free individuals as a society.

Being a Polk County resident (Florida) I’ve taken into consideration the effects of living costs through-out each city as well as the consideration of wage earnings that may be assumed when speaking of employment through-out this agricultural county when the basis of skilled and unskilled employment is addressed and attentioned in regards to homeless considerations.

One component that is known about homelessness is that a stereotype is placed on homelessness as being a burden in which largely populated areas are concluded to having and showing affects in which this consideration as a opinion is not true. There are aspects of rural life in which homeless consideration and effects to negate this burden should be addressed and taken into serious matters such as advocacy procedures and attention.

Bringing forth the fact in which not much is known about rural homelessness I’ve identified the potentials of work ethics, work quality, wage earnings, employment considerations, living costs, living standards, and the actual consideration of bringing attention to the awareness drawn from the state of being homeless under rural conditions.

As this letter is written and read, I (Aaron Shaw) wish to become inclined with any and all information that may help to bring an end to this undisireable condition of living as it is expressed as a matter of concern and has a level of reasoning that is to bring this subject as a matter of attentioning.

March 8, 2011

The right to adequate Housing!

No Second Chance: People with Criminal Records Denied Access to Public Housing

Issues surrounding the “one strike” policy.

The exclusion of people with criminal records from public housing.

Transitioning offenders from prison/jail into the community should be offered the basics such as identification documents, housing, linkages to community services and informal networks of support as a response to them approaching an amended lifestyle amongst the civil society of Americans we are. However, they are not so lucky to be given these options.

The right to adequate Housing!

As of current times, housing considerations have met the concerned citizens of this nation straight in the face as effects of the current recession are being felt on all fronts of American markets. Federal “one strike” legislation is one of those points of interest in which during current times legislation is to being questioned of sound judgement and quality when insuring the interest of the greater public is at hand.

In 1996, Bill Clinton’s administration re-charged the “One-Strike” eviction policy.

Designed to rid public housing of drug offenders and criminals, this piece of legislation has been ardently debated due to its comprehensive policy to evict public housing residents who “threaten the health, safety, or peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other tenants or any drug-related criminal activity on or off [italics added] such premises, engaged in by a public housing tenant, any member of the household, or any guest, or other person under the tenant’s control, shall be cause for the termination of tenancy”.

Under this law, an individual can be evicted from their home, not only for their own criminal activity, but also for violations committed by a member of their household. Just a point to consider when expressing the senseless expression of a law in which enforcement has been considered. Are these people not mothers and fathers of innocent children in which current consderations of laws suggest that as long as children are present in a household facing eviction and foreclosure that simpathy be delivered and that hosuehold is allowed optional options beside the current foreclosure or eviction.

If we are going to talk about a stimulus package incentive we most include those that are incarcerated as well.

The campaign slogan for the current President Obama, expressed, simply: Change!

All Americans a re in need of some sort of change at this point in time. As a nation embarking on innovative and advanced pratices of modern (current) day life, criminal convictions are becoming ever so common.

Picture this, in the past five years prison and jail population rate have increased at a much more rapid rate than projected and still increasing. While the response of those being let back out amonst civil America are left unconcerned and unannounced. Leaving question of how are prison/jail inmates fairing upon release?

Is there justice for the prior convicted upon release from detention facilities?
Will these people have to resort back to criminal activites in which punishment was only to send them to their room for some time to think about how to survive as even more of a public threat upon release. I don’t get it.

It seems that credit and taxes are the main focuses which influence this nation when a financial response is needed. To be honest I’d rather spend my money trying to keep joe the crook at bay as best as possible (speaking of some sort of prison transitional housing program) rather than allowing him to become more prone to crime in that of a simple release.

If Change is what we voted for than a change in criminal relations policies in the aspect of allowing those with criminal records obtain some sort of housing when local and state policies are considered and approached.

Thank You

Aaron Shaw

National Coalition for the Homeless advocate
National Low-Income Housing Coalition advocate
Florida Housing Coalition advocate
National Alliance to End Homelessness advocate

March 8, 2011

Recessions cause more cases of homelessness

Recessions mean more homelessness. Increasing numbers of unemployed people are unable to afford rent, and charities and local governments are unable to keep up. Based on estimates of the depth likely to be reached by the current recession, 1.5 million additional Americans are likely to experience homelessness over the next two years, over and above the number who usually become homeless. However, the worst increases in homelessness can be prevented by providing emergency assistance to help stabilize or re-house people experiencing a housing crisis.

This is a statement that has been released via the national Alliance to End Homelessness as an effort to regain a political status as the transition of presidency is the current view point coming from Washington.

As a Florida resident I’m asking that the efforts that were considered by your staff as stood the 110 congressional sitting, the continuation of homelessness is still a rather important topic of discussion and consideration amongst other Floridians.

Honorable Martinez, I’m asking that due to the fact of a current recession I’m not expecting that the concerns of homelessness become the primary assumed function of your staff however that the threats and presumed considerations be taken more as positions in which we are willing to learn and understand from as we carry forth with the primary functions of an American lifestyle.

Thank You

Aaron Shaw

March 7, 2011

Changing the Definition of Homelessness!

A proposal begin before the end of the last congressional session to predetermine what is considered as being defined homeless. Although the consideration has not been settled as the economic state in which this nation is in it would be a wise suggestion to allow determination in the regards of budgeting and spending purposes to define exactly what homeless is.

There are many states of homelessness as there are levels of homelessness in which this nation has considered a predetermined amount of money to be used in the consideration of each state and level that is witnessed through-out each city and state that wishes to receive government assistance in this matter. The current conditions of homelessness that are up for consideration are that of families that are residing in motel rooms on a weekly basis and the conditions in which a person is couch surfing in which multiple families are residing in a single family dwelling. Also under current consideration is the fact that re-entry of prisoners is being questioned as a purposed amendment to determine applicable situations.

The state that this nation is in as an economic determination is the reasoning behind making more specific determinations of what homelessness is amongst this society. There are to many single mothers and families that are in one of the purpose conditions of homelessness that are not being allowed the proper services that are designed to aid those in a homeless condition. This alone bring forth the consideration of allowing homelessness to being defined in detail rather in a rural setting or an urban area to receiving the proper assistance that is needed to better equip them into maintaining permanent affordable housing.

February 15, 2011

Budgeting Cuts to affect Homeless Programs

Amidst the current considerations to save money and cut a slice out of the national deficit the President is proposing a five year plan to make drastic cuts towards programs in an effort to save money. Any and all federal programs are at risk of drastic cuts being made that will spark not only critical changes to how programs are treated but also the way that these programs are to further offer assistance.

For example, funding for the Homeless has issued a letter of concern as the consideration also targets what type of services are to be offered as of now.

What is currently at risk is # $2.2 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants programs, 10,000 new HUD – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers and 10,000 vouchers through the Housing and Services for Homeless Persons Demonstration.

As of now we must take the initiative to bring an awareness to the current budgeting dilemma and ask that no changes are made to how we handle the problems associated with tending to the Homeless.
This has become a major issue as more and morea families across the nation are witnessing hard times and the lack or enough income to maintain and stay afloat.

Something has to be done and what can be done is not to take away from programs that assist those in need.

June 27, 2009

Foreclosures rising homeless persons rates!

As this economic dilemma continues, the affects are being felt on financial forefronts that may have never been touched if this economic situation weren’t so harsh and widespread. The effects of the closing of this nations largest lending and mortgage banks along with the closing of this nations largest automobile maker has left america scrambling for answers as our falling economy brings froth the threat of homelessness to those that may have never though that this situation would affect them as working american citizens.

On June 26, 2009, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, along with six other homeless advocacy organizations, issued a joint report titled Foreclosure to Homelessness 2009. The purpose of this study was to better understand the connection between homelessness and the recent uptick in foreclosures.

Here are a few of the most note-worthy findings in the study, from the National Alliance to End Homelessness:

Non-housing service providers estimated that 20 percent of their clients experienced homelessness as a result of foreclosure

Housing providers (including emergency, transitional, and permanent housing) estimated that five percent of their clients experienced homelessness as a result of foreclosure

Ten percent of all respondents estimated that their clients experienced homelessness as a result of foreclosure

Since organizations that serve very low-income folks reported that a higher portion of their clients were affected by foreclosure, these numbers suggest that many people who lost their home to foreclosure are on the brink of becoming homeless. In other words, a family may utilize services, such as a food pantry or legal aid, prior to becoming homeless and seeking shelter.

As the rise in forclosures are making it become aparent that the threat of homelessness is a factor that those that may have not expected this to happen to them develop, the effort to aid those in this time of crisis is becoming harder and harder to due with the fact that funding considerations for such service organization have been suspended in certain states and areas across the nation.

If you are a person that is experiencing the threat of homelessness due to job loss and/or foreclosure contact your local workforce, homeless service provider, non-profit organization to learn of ways to becoming self-sufficient once again.

The following are some organizations designed to help with further resources and projects to aid the thousands of Americans affected by the current economic crisis that the nation is facing.

National Alliance to End Homelessness
1518 K Street NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20005
(Tel) 202. 638.1526
http://www.endhomelessness.org

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202.462.4822
http://nationalhomeless.org

Homeless Services Network of Central Florida
P.O. Box 547068
Orlando, FL 32854-7068
Phone: 407-893-0133
http://www.hsncfl.org

June 25, 2009

Senators urged to expand hate crimes legislation

More than 77,000 hate crime incidents were reported by the FBI between 1998 and 2007.

Thats nearly one hate crime for every hour of every day over the span of a decade.

In light of such statistics, U.S Attorney General Eric Holder said that the influence of ‘hate crimes bills’ was one of his “highest personal priorities … is to do everything I can to ensure this critical legislation finally becomes law.”

As this current attempt to bring forth an understanding of those that seek to deny the humanity that we all share, regardless of the color of our skin, the God to whom we pray or the person who we choose to love, join me to bring this attention to the legislators of the state of Florida.

Take Action! Hate Crimes Against Homeless! – http://tinyurl.change.org/K…

June 13, 2009

Homeless Hate Crime Laws and Actions.

On May 7, 2009 Maryland became the first state to announce Hate Crimes against the homeless a law.

From 1999-2007, there have been 774 documented acts of violence committed against homeless individuals in the United States.

A fact that we as a nation must understand is that homeless people have rights just as any other citizen of this nation. As we come to face this current financial crisis that is still leaving thousand of americans homeless, we are faced to come to terms with Homeless Hate Crimes laws.

Current Homeless Hate Crimes Petition Link.

Hate Crimes Against Homeless!
http://homelessness.change.org/actions/view/hate_crimes_against_homeless

Maryland to Become First State to Add Homelessness as Protected Class to Hate Crimes Law.
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/news/pr_050709.html

June 9, 2009

Hate Crimes Against Homeless. Florida Response.

A call to action to defend the likes of homeless persons just as if they were a normal average working citizen.

You can Help. Go To the Link Below.

http://homelessness.change.org/actions/view/hate_crimes_against_homeless